Saving Cents: Viewer tips on lowering AC costs, cooking what's in your pantry

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by By Sherry Williams / 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON-Viewers have e-mailed some great money-saving tips into 11 News on feeding your family, saving a little money on soap and a really smart way to keep cool during Houston's hot summer nights.

"Ms. Marty" in Sharpstown e-mailed to say she's a "born tightwad," and she uses a site called Cooking by the Numbers (cookingbynumbers.com). It asks you what's in your fridge and pantry right now, then it gives you a recipe you can make using ingredients you have on hand. You can avoid a trip to the store!

Bobbie in Northwest Houston told us her Saving Cents idea for cutting air conditioning costs. She bought a portable air conditioner. Bobbie lives in a two-story townhouse and said, " Why cool the whole place at night?" So she uses the portable AC to cool only her bedroom, saving cents on her electric bill.

Portable AC units cost between $300 and $500, but they only use about 85 cents worth of electricity a day. You can buy them at stores like Lowe's, or even online.

And Whitney in LaMarque e-mailed a tip on Saving Cents by saving soap. Whitney says when your soap gets down to a small sliver, don't throw it away. Instead, when you open a new bar, squeeze the sliver of leftover soap into the new bar.

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